Tuesday, June 29, 2010

An Ethnic Evening...

Remember the twins? Well, it was their Mummy’s birthday last sunday! (Yeah, Buddy’s Gotcha day/their Daddy’s birthday and their Mummy’s too, come within 2 days of each other)

We believe special occasions should be scattered and spaced so that we can have funsy days all year through.
But then, you can’t change dates, can you? You’ve got to celebrate them when they come.

Anyways, Mummy and Daddy went on this lovely 'birthday dinner date' on Sunday night, to a beautiful ethnic Indian restaurant, complete with live music.
Now, why we cannot accompany Mummy on such family outings is something none of us can ever understand.
We have impeccable manners, we look and smell gorgeous (Of late, of green apple!), we are definitely less noisy and nowhere nearly as demanding as the human pups who are allowed to go. And we certainly are Family.
Besides, we so, so enjoy music. Especially soft classical.
Even now, as mummy is typing this, our favourite music is playing in the background. We find it extremely relaxing and can go on listening to it for hours...... Well, at least me.

Buddy snoozes off within 15 seconds of any music! If you want to hasten the process further, add a belly rub!

Here are some of the pictures from that dinner date. The place was resplendent (we used thesaurus for the BIG word!) with Indian Ethnic décor. There was a touch of the old world charm, which is magnificent!

Do you like that chandelier? It wasn’t very huge and opulent but certainly helped create a lot of Light and Shadow effects (which Mummy tried to capture, without much success!)
Chandelier or ‘Candle Holder’ is derived from the French word ‘Chandelle’ meaning candle. (Correct us Lola, if we are wrong here)
They were used to hold up candles in medieval churches and abbeys. It was the swing of a chandelier in the Pisa cathedral that prompted Galileo Galilie to work on the pendulum!
Over time, chandeliers have evolved into works of art. Different reflective materials have been tried.
In the 1800s, Daniel Swarovsky of Austria perfected the art of cutting leaded glass crystals to perfection. Swarovsky chandeliers, today, are some of the most expensive ones in the modern day décor. They no longer hold up candles but certainly add to the glamour and opulence of any room.

Some of India’s magnificent chandeliers are seen in the palaces in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. In fact, the 6th largest chandelier in the world is in Jai Vilas Palace, Gwalior. (Click here HERE if you want to read about 7 largest chandeliers in the world)

That is an elaborate, etched design on a metallic door. Mummy wasn’t feeling adventurous enough or else she would certainly have gone through that door to find any hidden tunnel, if any!

Lovely reflections of light and shadows in the lobby and the corridors.

There were a number of oils for sale.
Mummy liked this the best. It said ‘Price on request’.

Why do they not tell you the price straight away? Not that Mummy had any intention of buying it, though!

That is a lovely copper vase, with intricate designs etched into it.

Live Indian light-classical music…it always makes mummy very nostalgic and dreamy eyed and melancholy…..
Did you notice the chairs? They were wooden, with the same etched designs.

Mummy had a lovely time.

(BusyBee Daddy)

(Finally, he found some time to pose with Mummy)

But every few moments, she kept thinking of the two of us alone at home.
She almost NEVER leaves us back home at night, unless absolutely necessary.
We understand perfectly. The only thing we ask for is a bye-bye treat and our favourite music on the stereo.
We always wag her goodbye and go to sleep; and often, when she comes back and peeps in through the window silently, she finds us snoozing peacefully.
Besides, on occasions such as yesterday’s, we are far more comfortable and safer at home than in the car, with some valet moving it around time and again.

Now, I am a pretty adjusting, quiet and tolerant girl and it would take some very, very intriguing stuff and a lot of coaxing to get me down from the car when Mummy or Daddy aren’t around.
But Buddy eats, breathes and lives for adventure.
He would gladly go explore the garden or look for that imaginary cat.
And he might even decide to track Mummy and Daddy down with his Labra-nose and end up in the dining area! (Mummy secretly thinks that would be one GRRRT story to tell, though!)

Anyways, Mummy almost always brings back something special. Like yesterday she got her share of the dessert doggie-packed for us.
Guess it helps her assuage her guilt!! (We are getting good with big words, don’t you think?!)

OOooo! Mango ice-cream…smells lovely too!
I think we are finally done with pawtying for this week. We need to recover, my birthday is coming up.
It wouldn’t do for a girl to look tired and stressed on her birthday, would it now?



Jake of Florida said...

Thank you for the tour of the beautiful restaurant. The appointments are elegant and we know everyone must have had a lovely time.

BUT our mom is dying to know what they ate!!! She loves Indian food and wonders what your favorites are.

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos! What a beawootiful place, but too bad us doggies could not go...I am sure the humans had fun , but at least woo got Ice Cream! Yum!
~husky kisses~
-Kira The BeaWootiful

jabblog said...

What a lovely post! *sigh*
I don't think you would really have liked to go to that beautiful restaurant, Buddy and Ginger - hard wooden chairs are not comfortable for Labradors and the floor, though beautiful and probably cool, isn't very comfortable for Labs used to soft beds.
I agree with you about spreading out the celebrations, though - everything does seem to come all at the same time some months.

houndstooth said...

Wow! What a beautiful dining experience! Mom says she wishes they have restaurants like that here. I love having treats from when Mom and Dad go out. We sleep the whole time, too!


scotsmad said...

We were getting a bit anxious by the end of the story; but we were sure you'd get something special from that posh restaurant.

They should have let you go too. You could have been under the table and helped keep that floor shiny.....humans always drop stuff. We maybe not Buddy. He probably wouldn't sit still.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Lola said...

Ooh, that was fun. It was like we were there, sort of. What a beautiful restaurant. We loved that door. Imagine all that work and detail going into a door. Wonderful! And Mommy looks so pretty, too. Thanks for the great photos, Ginger and Buddy.

wags, Lola

Maggie Mae said...

What a beautiful restaurant. My mom was most impressed with the metallic door, thanks for the tour!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

little princess Luna~ said...

pawsome restaurant--mum really liked it. :)
i undertand what you mean and i constantly ask my mum why she doesn't take me along to restaurants?? its not fair--i am very well behaved, like a princess should be. it's just weird....


the booker man said...

miss ginger,
you are so right! we doggies are family, too, and there is no good reason why we shouldn't be able to go to the restaurant! i'm sorry you and buddy had to stay home, especially since it was such a super pretty place. but at least your mama brought you home that way yummy 'n delicious mango ice cream. mmmmmm!
oh, asa says to tell you that she appreciated your big word selections. teehee.
the booker man

pee s -- no, i didn't get any PB to spill. boohoo! well, actually it's okie dokie cuz it only took a few hours for the pupsicles to freeze, and then we got to eat one. they were SO SO GOOD! :)

Lorenza said...

Hi, Ginger!
Thanks for sharing those pictures!
That place sure is beautiful!
Glad your mom brought something yummy for you two!
Kisses and hugs

Teddy Bear said...

That looks like a pawesome restaurant! My Mommy just loves that metal door. One day, maybe we'll be able to accompany our pawrents to fancy schmancy restaurants.:) Wouldn't it be fun?

Teddy Bear

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What an inkhredible night that must have been!

Mom loves Indian food - sadly, there are none here in York - she'd have to travel to Lancaster or Harrisburg - and that would mean too much time away from me!

Thanks fur sharing all those pawesome sights!


KT and Lady said...

My yes, looks like a fun date for the bipeds. Good thing they brought you some Mango ice cream....yum yum. Priceless picture of Buddy snoozing on his back. You guys have a great life. Rumor has it you smell good too.....BOL

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a beautiful restaurant! Such a bummer that you guys couldn't go along too but we're thinking that the mango ice cream was worth it!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Priscilla said...

That's an absolutely beautiful restaurant. We're so sorry that you both had to be left at home but being understanding, two of you behaved so well and waited for mom to come home. Glad that you mom and dad had a fantastic time there.